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GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD by Karen Healey

GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD

By Karen Healey

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: April 12th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-316-04430-1
Publisher: Little, Brown

Ellie is in her final year at a New Zealand boarding school, living the typical teen’s life: classes, friends, a black belt in tae kwon do and a crush on an adorable yet enigmatic boy named Mark. The big news locally revolves around the Eyeslasher murders, a series of killings in which the murderer removes his victims’ eyes. After Ellie has a run-in with a woman who nearly turns Ellie into a tree, Mark reveals his true nature to Ellie. He is part patupaiarehe, the Maori equivalent of fairies, and some evil patupaiarehe are behind the Eyeslasher murders and on a quest for immortality. Though not a supernatural creature herself, Ellie has some inherited magical talent related to the patupaiarehe. Debut novelist Healey pulls readers in immediately with Ellie’s funny, occasionally profane and often self-deprecating voice. The smart, strong protagonist is supported by a cast of equally intelligent peers. Fast-paced adventure and an unfamiliar, frightening enemy set a new scene for teen urban fantasy. (Urban fantasy. YA)